Some of us have long felt continuities that have little in common with the course of history. We understand what is most distinctive in this fateful moment and what future it holds. But we, squeezed between yesterday and tomorrow, will we be mindful and receptive enough to participate in the unfolding of the larger movement?

— Rilke, Letter to Countess Marie von Thurn und Taxis-Hohenlohe
July 9, 1915

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